To the Edge Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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The daughter of a wealthy businessman, Jillian Kincaid grew up with bodyguards shadowing her every move - and she hated it. Now a TV anchorwoman, she refuses to let another hired thug follow her around. Not even when she begins to receive terrifying death threats. Not even when the bodyguard is the darkly seductive Nolan Garrett.
Trained in Special Ops, bodyguard Nolan Garrett has been hired by Jillian's father to keep her out of danger. But it's clear from the start that Jillian isn't going to make his job easy. Far from the spoiled princess he expected, Jillian is tough, independent, and totally sexy. And she's fighting him every step of the way.
As Jillian's stalker raises the stakes, Nolan must keep her close if he wants to keep her alive. But being so close can only turn up the heat that's been simmering between them - a heat that could explode into passion at any moment.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 1 minute|
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|Audible.com Release Date||March 21, 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #283,803 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#8,839 in Romantic Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
#21,243 in Contemporary Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#58,863 in Romantic Suspense (Books)
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1) The girl is confident -
In too many romance novels (and in real life, sigh) there is so much miscommunication happening. But instead of the main character crying because her love kept pushing her away, she anticipated and expected him to act as he did. She keep at it, sure of what she was reading was love. I like that.
2) The antagonist are not defeated in a celebration but in slight sadness
People must like punishment since it seems to happen in most books where all the blame goes to the antagonist or yelled at by the media. I hate when you hear "oh well its okay the 'bad' guy dies" maybe bad guys are bad because of just this? Don't get me wrong, it's hard to feel for the killers here, yet I'm grateful the author ended the way she did.
I give it 3 stars because some of the book was written better context/ style wise than in other parts. i.e. some flirting scenes were so fun but other times scene to scene felt slighly jagged. Besides writing style, there was a lot conflict repetition which happens too much in romance novels (maybe that is the one thing that is realistic however I just don't enjoy reading the conflict over and over and OVER again....HA). Another repetition was another common romance repetition of "never felt like that" "best I ever had" yada yada... Can authors figure out a better way to show WHY the sex felt so unreal rather than just say it over and over?
I will probably reread then edit my review with more examples and quotes. But the nicest thing about this book is that the main characters are people, realistic or not, that you like, enjoying, for the most part, their dialogues and their lifestyles.
Jillian and Nolan have a lot of chemistry and a definite dislike/attraction relationship. The sexual tension is built slowly and they don't immediately jump in bed so that when the relationship does progress it isn't based on just sex. Although it happens quickly it was believable.
Both Jillian and Nolan have complex characters. Nolan is dealing with PTSD and feelings of guilt for things that happened during his time with the military. I loved that the author used a bit of a different scenario that really caused Nolan to spin a bit out of control and end his time in the military. Jillian is likable and although she occasionally came across a bit too much "poor little rich girl" to me I still enjoyed her. She had a strong sense of loyalty and compassion that was a great match for Nolan. She was intelligent, successful and stubborn but thankfully didn't take that stubbornness to a TSTL level.
The secondary characters had minimal roles but just enough to have me looking forward to getting to know them better and reading their books.
Top reviews from other countries
Jillian Kincaid is a reporter and co-anchor, whose father is a millionaire, and has been raised surrounded by bodyguards. She escaped that life to become a journalist and wants to live a 'normal' life. But when she starts getting death threats, her father wants her to come home and when she refuses he hires a bodyguard to keep her safe. The bodyguard he hires is Nolan Garrett - an ex Ranger and a man who really doesn't want the job.
With a start like this, I knew I was going to enjoy the book. Nolan's preconception about Jillian as a high maintenance, pampered princess is soon shattered and, although Jillian doesn't want him around, Nolan slowly begins to grow on her. As the threats intensify, she realises that she needs him more than she thought she did - and not just for his bodyguarding skills.
There is a lot of tension written into the story and not all of it relates to the threats on Jillian's life!! I will definitely be reading the next book - featuring Eve, Nolan's twin sister.
Recently retired special Ops soldier Nolan Garrett has only been out for three months when his brothers and sister (of E.D.E.N security Inc) grow tired of his continuous drinking and depression and force him to take on one of their clients. He doesn't want the case and Jillian sure as hell doesn't want him in her apartment and shadowing her every move.
However Jillian soon proves not to be the spoiled princess Nolan was expecting and despite himself he starts to care even if she is super frustrating. Why won't she just leave him alone, why do they have to talk about...stuff? And how is it that she's not repelled by his back off, tough guy (I am an island) image? As Jillian's stalker gets closer and events turn deadly Nolan is willing to lay his life on the line and now possibly his heart too. Gah I just love these tortured heroes.
After 5-star-ing every book in Cindy Gerard's Black Ops series I was very excited to go back and read her Bodyguard series which I'd somehow missed. However in saying that I think my love for her BOI's may have caused me to go into this with (unrealistically) high expectations because while this was good it also never quite hit the great factor that I'd been expecting.
TO THE EDGE is definitely a slow burning romance And while I appreciated tough guy, bodyguard Nolan's "don't get involved with a client" ethics and especially his "you don't want to get involved with someone as damaged as me" (love those tortured heroes) I reached the point with them where I was like, enough, get it on already. Stop with the meaningful looks and double talk and just get it out of your systems.
That said once the sex (finally) got thrown in the mix and the stalker upped their game things really took off. Gerard managed to keep me guessing about the stalkers identity with several well placed suspects and Nolan and Jillian's chemistry was smoking hot. I also loved the fact that Jillian wasn't your typical spoiled damsel in distress and let's face it she had potential to go that way. Instead she fought for her man and managed to keep her head above, TSTL. Then we have Nathan's adorable (I don't need anyone but really I do) guilt complex, PTSD issues and that fantabulous ending on the boat, sigh. I really don't have anything to complain about here and I'll definitely be returning for the rest of this series and a croquet game or two from the looks of things.